Sunday, May 29, 2011

Butterick 5244 day 2, still in progress

Butterick 5244 is coming along....(I first posted about it yesterday).  Today I spent several hours working on the collar, tabs, yoke facing, and hand sewing the yoke facing to the yoke, and of course sewing those adorable buttons on too!

I think my big tip is to sew the collar onto the dress starting in the middle and working to one end, then start in the middle again and sew to the other end. This way the collar is (mostly) centered properly.  (Tip courtesy of Mary Nanna).  While the collar took a long time, I think it was worth it!  I had been concerned about my machine handling up to 6 layers of fabric (yoke, collar (which is two layers), yoke facing, tab which is two layers)  plus three layers of interfacing (yoke, collar, tab).  If I had used the ponte roma double knit, it might have been more difficult...but this is a medium weight knit and it handled it fine.

I used a stiff tailor weight interfacing on the yoke and a softer knit interfacing on the tab and collar.

Here you can see some of my fabric stash has escaped from the fabric closet (really, there's no room for it in the fabric closet):
Butterick 5244 day 2, still in progress

Butterick 5244 day 2, still in progress

I'm definitely going to shorten the dress...I had added a inch or so on because I thought it was going to be too short.  I also need to address the CB seam since it's just too tent-like back there, and, oh yeah, that little detail of adding  the  functional welt pockets.  Which I've never done before--don't worry I'm going to practice first.
Butterick 5244 day 2, still in progress

In other news, I can't get the poll to appear embedded in this post the way I want it to, but if you'd like to vote for my new PR name, click on this (note I am not holding myself to the poll results):
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Good night and be well!

9 comments:

  1. The buttons and collar are super cute! I agree it will look better shorter.

    Your Cynthia Rowley dress looks great as well.

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  2. You are making some great dresses! I love your Cynthia Rowley dress!! And the Butterick dress has a lovely neckline.
    I wish that I made a better effort to get to PR weekend since I live in Chicago...no excuse! It was crazy weekend with my kids' sports schedule and other events.I felt guilty leaving everyone high and dry!

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  3. I love the neckline stuff going on! Very cute. Where's the food?

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  4. This is so cute!! I love the tabs and buttons especially. So fun.

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  5. Another cute dress for you! I've made this Muse dress twice now, it is so comfy to wear, and always gets a compliment. I agree, it's better shorter than long. Looks like the fun you had at the PR Weekend gave you a lot of motivation :-)

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  6. The dresses are looking great! I like the Cynthia Rowley dress. This is one I would not have made, but your version is making me think again. It is too bad the instructions for her patterns are so difficult.

    Now, the Muse dress is coming right along!! The buttons are perfect -they add just the right touch. Funny, I almost used the anchor buttons from my dad's navy p-coat on my dress. But, they just didn't suit my fabric. I'm curious to see what you do with the shaping of the back seam.

    Hmm, do I have a nice summer color knit to make this dress again????.........

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  7. Your collar is perfect. Looks great. I too think you are on the right track with shortening the dress a bit.

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  8. Your dress is coming along nicely!

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